It should be needless to say, but people still seem to want to ignore reality. Guns are not responsible for mass killings in America, or anywhere else. Unstable people, or people intent on mayhem, are. These people will use other means to perpetrate horrific violence, if guns are less available to them.
How do I know this? Because it has already happened. On September 11, 2001 terrorists killed thousands of Americans using box cutters and commandeered airliners. On April 15, 2013, terrorists used explosives and crock pots to kill three people and injure several hundred others. And back in 1927, Andrew Kehoe used dynamite and incendiary pyrotol to kill 38 schoolchildren and 6 adults and injure another 58 people in what is known as the Bath School massacre. I could go on and on and on.
Those who claim that guns are responsible for mass killings are doing so for one reason and one reason only: They wish to deprive Americans of their Constitutional right to own firearms, thereby weakening individual freedom, empowering the state and setting the stage for something other than real democracy.
Some people, like Hilary Clinton, do this intentionally because they have contempt for individual thought and autonomy—other than that of a privileged, elite intelegencia. Others do it unconsciously because they wish to avoid adult responsibilities and be infantilized by a central authority that can act as their all-powerful parents.
The flaw in the argument of those who wish to disarm good and decent Americans should be obvious: If we are to outlaw guns because they are used in the commission of terrible acts of violence, we would also need to outlaw knives (which are used in horrific attacks, as well), explosives of every kind, planes, trucks (which have been used to kill dozens at a time), and crock pots.
Tell that to a liberal Democrat, however, and that person will quickly change the topic. Because the facts are irrelevant to such people. The relevant matter is their inexorable march to take the autonomy of others or surrender their own, to return to infancy, as though this will mean they never die.
Keith Ablow, MD